CARENCRO — The Carencro Golden Bears outlasted the visiting Breaux Bridge Tigers to secure a 73-63 double-overtime victory Tuesday night.
“It was ugly on both ends for a long part of it,” Carencro coach Christopher Kovatch said. “It was like we had to play through 31 ugly minutes to get to 13 great minutes.”
Breaux Bridge (11-7) controlled the first half based on the play of Ignatius Patt. The Tigers senior guard scored 13 of his game-high 34 points in the first half, including a pair of contested 3-pointers in the second quarter.
With 3:42 left in the half, Patt went to the bench for a breather, and Breaux Bridge failed to score the rest of the half. Carencro (14-5) ended the half on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 23-21.
Right before that run began, though, Breaux Bridge coach Chad Pourciau was called for a technical for being outside of the coaches box. For that reason, the Tigers coach took the blame for his team’s loss.
“I am going to take the blame for this game,” Pourciau said. “They went on that 8-0 run right after that.”
Carencro managed to swing the momentum back its way in the third quarter as the Golden Bears hit four 3-pointers in the period, including two by Terrance Senegal. Headed to the fourth quarter, Carencro held a slim 41-38 lead.
Breaux Bridge opened the fourth on a 6-0 run, but with 2:34 left in the fourth, Carencro had chipped away at that lead and tied the game at 47.
The Tigers responded, though, with another run and held a 54-50 lead with 28.9 seconds left and looked poised for the road victory. Problems at the free-throw line in the waning moments proved costly for the visitors. Breaux Bridge missed six straight free throws in the final 30 seconds, which helped Carencro rally.
Bryson Fontenot’s floater with 11 seconds left made it 54-52 and then his drive off the glass with two seconds left forced overtime.
The two teams traded blows in the first overtime, but Breaux Bridge had a chance to win the game at the buzzer but Patt’s 12-foot jumper rimmed in and out.
In the second overtime, though, Carencro took control for good as the Golden Bears sealed the win with a 9-0 run and outscored the Tigers 13-3 in the extra period.
Carencro had four players in double figures, with Braylen Chaisson leading the way with 19 points. In addition to Patt’s 34, Tyrick Davis added 12 and Tylar Wiltz chipped in 11 in the losing effort.
“I had three guys that fouled out,” Pourciau said. “I had one player not dress for disciplinary reasons and another had to sit out the first half. We had some issues, but we battled a very good Carencro team.”
After going 2-2 at the Sunkist Tournament, the Golden Bears will be looking to build momentum heading into its final two nondistrict games. Carencro travels to play at Notre Dame on Friday.
“We felt like the quality of games at the Sunkist would help us in the long run and for the playoffs,” Kovatch said. “I think (Tuesday night’s) win is a great thing for us moving forward. This proves to the guys that if we do A, B and C, then we can win.”